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Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grants

Whiting Public Engagement Seed Grants support public-facing humanities projects at an earlier stage of development than the Public Engagement Fellowship, when resources can enable planning, help deepen relationships with collaborators, or support smaller-scale pilot projects. Each grantee receives up to $10,000. More >


Emily Allen-Hornblower

Classics, Rutgers University

The Public Face of Emotions: Greek Classics and the Role of Emotions in our Lives

Emily Allen-Hornblower is moderating a series of public conversations with formerly incarcerated men and women concerning ancient Greek philosophy and literature. Each session is centered on a single emotion, such as shame, fear, or anger. The events will begin with a brief reading from Aristotle and a short performance of an excerpt from Greek tragedy to ground the moderated discussion to follow, about the role the emotions can or should play in our lives. These communal conversations will give the formerly incarcerated speakers, the actors, and the audience an opportunity to engage in a dialogue regarding the interconnectedness between all of us that storytelling and literature bring to light.

Margaret Boyle

Romance Languages and Literatures, Bowdoin College

Multilingual Mainers: World Languages and Cultures in K-2

Margaret Boyle is partnering with Coffin Elementary School in Brunswick, Maine, to pilot an early-elementary school humanities curriculum that will build intercultural understanding of literature, history, and art through sustained engagement with world languages and cultures. The curriculum will promote critical-thinking skills and provide age-appropriate tools and experiences to encourage curiosity, compassion and understanding across difference.


Jenna Grant

Anthropology, University of Washington

Archive Actions: Cambodians and Cambodian Americans Producing Ethnographic Histories

In collaboration with Cambodians and Cambodian Americans in the Seattle area, Jenna Grant is designing public events and a digital exhibit to activate the Becker Archive at the University of Washington, a unique collection of texts and images from the latter part of the Khmer Rouge’s rule. Collected by US photojournalist Elizabeth Becker, one of only two journalists from mainstream Western media to visit the country during their regime, the archives include materials from a trip in 1978, just days before the Vietnamese invasion that ousted them. The project design will prioritize the perspectives of Cambodians who lived under or fled the Khmer Rouge, modeling a process for the University to be accountable to relevant communities in the production and interpretation of historical archives.

Sarah Lewis

History of Art and Architecture & African and African American Studies, Harvard University

The Vision and Justice Project: A Docu-Series

Sarah Lewis is collaborating with an award-winning team to create a series of short documentary films about the historic and contemporary relationship between images, racial equity, and national belonging. Building on an award-winning issue of Aperture guest-edited by Lewis and a course she has taught at Harvard and for the public in venues such as the Brooklyn Public Library, the new films will incorporate insights from leading scholars and thinkers to illuminate the transformative power of pictures to create a new vision for the nation, and will bring these insights to communities within the classroom and beyond.


Christian Lopez

University Libraries & Digital Humanities, University of Georgia

African-American Oral History in Athens, Georgia

Christian Lopez is working with the African-American community in Athens, Georgia, to identify and record oral histories of local and national significance from business owners, educators, politicians, musicians, and others. Lopez will use the Seed Grant to equip and professionalize community collaborators as oral history practitioners to co-lead the project. Once collected, the oral histories will be woven into an online exhibit and shared publicly – including at the annual Hot Corner Celebration & Soul Food Festival in Athens’ historic African-American business district.


Stephen Acabado

Anthropology, University of California - Los Angeles

Decolonizing History: Community Engagement and Empowering Indigenous Peoples in Ifugao, Philippines

Stephen Acabado and educators from the Ifugao Heritage Galleries in north-central Philippines are working with teachers and policymakers to introduce historical scholarship and important recent archaeological findings regarding indigenous people into the national K-12 history curriculum.

Clarissa Ceglio

Digital Humanities, University of Connecticut

Museums and Civic Discourse: History, Current Practice, and Future Prospects

Clarissa Ceglio is collaborating with the Jane Addams-Hull House Museum’s Jennifer Scott, the American Alliance of Museums’s Nicole Ivy, Elena Gonzales, Robin Grenier, and other leaders in public history on an open-access toolkit for museums wishing to foster civically-engaged, humanities-based public discussions.

Jack Hamilton

Media Studies, University of Virginia

What's That Sound? A Podcast on Music and Technology

Jack Hamilton is developing a narrative podcast (his second) exploring the role of technological breakthroughs in shaping the development of American music, focusing each episode on a single technological advance and a well-known piece of music.

Reiko Hillyer

History, Lewis & Clark College

Theater From the Inside Out: Illuminating Mass Incarceration

Reiko Hillyer and the members of her “inside-out” class for Lewis & Clark and incarcerated students are working with a professional director and actors to devise and present a theater piece based on the history of the American prison system and the students’ own experiences with it.

James Levy

History, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

The Lands We Share Initiative

Building on the Wisconsin Farms Oral History Project, James Levy is developing a traveling exhibit and community conversation model to bring residents together to consider the impact of changing agricultural practices and other historically-rooted issues facing rural states.

Gesel Mason

Dance History, University of Colorado Boulder

No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers

Gesel Mason is developing a digital exhibit on the aesthetics, innovations, and legacies of contemporary African-American choreographers. Combining videos, artifacts, and interviews with leading choreographers, she will contextualize their contributions within the historical and cultural landscape.

Cynthia Prescott

History, University of North Dakota

Pioneer Monuments in the American West

Cynthia Prescott is using the GIS-enabled app Clio to create detailed historical entries and walking tours of 200 sites in the West, with an emphasis on controversial public monuments and shifting representations of race and gender. 

Mary Rizzo

History, Rutgers University-Newark

The Chicory Project: Intergenerational Civic Dialogue about Place Through Poetry

Building on her recent digitization of Chicory, a Baltimore poetry magazine published with War on Poverty funds from 1966-1983, Mary Rizzo is working with Baltimore teachers and youth nonprofits to develop educational programs for K-12 students using poetry as a tool to understand local history.

Jennifer Stoever

English, SUNY - Binghamton

The Binghamton Historical Soundwalk Project

Jennifer Stoever and her collaborators are developing a series of installations and audio components to turn a one-mile loop of Downtown Binghamton into an experience that will provoke conversations about the city's history and present conditions, and the stake of all residents in its future.

Julie Weise

History, University of Oregon

Corazón de Dixie: Southern Heritage for Latinx Youth

Julie Weise, a scholar of Latinx history in the American South, is working with collaborators in North Carolina to engage Latinx youth in creating a podcast that connects their lived experiences to the history of Mexicanos in the South.